Quick and Easy Tagliatelle

After a busy weekend or a full day at work, this is the easy tagliatelle recipe I always reach for. It’s been one of my go-to recipes for over a decade when I want to make something very quick and easy but still delicious and satisfying.

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This combination of sweet popping peas with salty feta is a match made in heaven, and is ready in 10 minutes. What’s not to like?

Quick and Easy Tagliatelle – The Ingredients

  • Onion This is optional, but it does add a gorgeous level of flavour. You could switch it up for shallots or spring onions.
  • Peas I love frozen peas. They’re so quick to cook and add an immediate hit of vitamin C and other good stuff. You could switch for spinach, if you like.
  • White wine This is completely optional. Add it if you have a spare glass in the fridge – it’ll provide a lovely depth to the dish. If you don’t have any, or don’t want to add it, just use the same amount of water instead. It’ll still be delicious.
  • Creme fraiche Creme fraiche adds a lovely tartness to a dish, and I think it works really well here with the sweet peas and salty feta. You could switch with single cream for a – well, creamier version.
  • Feta Use the good stuff, and use plenty of it!
  • Lemon juice Optional, but adds a great bit of balance to the rich feta.
  • Parsley Because every recipe is better with a handful of fresh herbs! You could use basil or mint, too.

Cooking this Easy Tagliatelle Recipe

When I say this is easy, I mean easy. You’ll love this! Here are my tips:

  • Don’t add salt to the sauce until after you’ve added the feta. You can taste it then, but the likelihood is you’ll only need to add black pepper because the feta is salty.
  • Don’t cook the peas for too long – they literally only need 30 seconds in the sauce. Frozen peas are best when they’re cooked for a really short period of time and keep their bright green colour.
  • You could use dried tagliatelle if you like, it’ll just take longer to cook.

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Tagliatelle with Peas and Feta

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Harriet Young
A super quick, super easy tagliatelle recipe with feta and peas
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 500 g fresh tagliatelle
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 400 g frozen peas
  • Small glass white wine
  • 300 ml creme fraiche
  • 200 g feta
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Small bunch parsley


  • Chop the onion and tip into a deep frying pan with the olive oil. Cook over a medium heat for 2 mins until the onion has begun to soften.
  • Pour in the white wine and allow to reduce, then add the frozen peas. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the creme fraiche. Turn the heat down a little, and allow to simmer.
  • Cook the tagliatelle according to the packet instructions and drain, reserving a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water.
  • Chop the feta into small chunks and add to the sauce. Season with black pepper (the feta is salty so there’s no need to add any more) and the lemon juice, then sprinkle in the chopped parsley.
  • Combine well with the tagliatelle and serve – enjoy!
Keyword 15 minutes, chickpeas, feta, pasta

5 responses to “Quick and Easy Tagliatelle”

  1. 5 stars
    Love the flavors in this tagliatelle! Such a fantastic chewy noodle to pick up all of that flavor.

  2. 5 stars
    This was super duper easy to make! Rich, creamy and absolutely delicious – we loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    Rich and creamy and utterly delicious – great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    It was simple to make and so delicious. The combination of flavors was amazing and the dish was a hit with my family. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  5. 5 stars
    This will be a busy night goto as well as family favorite. Thanks for a great recipe to help me get dinner on the table fast. Nicely done!

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